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Armagh will be going all out to defend Senior Cup, says Harry Doyle

Try in sight: Armagh’s Chris Colvin sprints to the line
Try in sight: Armagh’s Chris Colvin sprints to the line

By Michael Sadlier

City of Armagh are intent on retaining ownership of the First Trust Ulster Senior Cup when they meet Ballymena in tonight's final at Kingspan Stadium (kick-off 7.30pm).

The showpiece occasion is a re-run of last season's shoot-out which saw Armagh triumph for the first time on their initial visit to the final.

And the progressive All-Ireland League Division 1B club, who are coached by former Ulster player Willie Faloon, have set their sights on a double success from the Senior Cup.

"Retaining the trophy would mean a lot to the club and the group of players we have," said scrum-half Harry Doyle.

Alluding to the recent success enjoyed by Armagh in both domestic and AIL level, he added: "It is a special group of players we have in the club at the moment, a golden generation if you like, and to retain the trophy would be a dream come true.

"For me, having been involved over the years to have won potentially the Senior Cup twice, to sit alongside two Ulster Senior League titles and three promotions in the AIL, well, that would be quite a story."

Regardless of the result tonight, Armagh are already in April's All-Ireland Bateman Cup final against Garryowen - based on last season's Senior Cup triumph - with sights sets on winning the trophy for the first time.

Armagh, though, are not looking beyond tonight's challenge and a Ballymena side gunning for revenge.

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